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Australian True Crime

Author: Meshel Laurie

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Think nothing ever happens in your town? Australia's suburbs are home to some of the most mysterious and disturbing true crime cases in the world.

Meshel Laurie is a true crime obsessive. Emily Webb is a true crime author. And together with expert interviews with writers, victims, investigators and perpetrators, they probe the underbelly of our towns and suburbs, and uncover the darkness at the heart of Australian life.
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Do “disgraced” lawyer Nicola Gobbo and “disgraced” former drug squad detective Paul Dale deserve to be given a platform to tell their sides of their stories? Show notes for Episode 179: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Rachael Brown and Vikki Petraitis Listen to Trace Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Meet the WAGS - #178

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The Wives and Girlfriends of some of Australia’s most feared men. Author and journalist Rochelle Jackson tells their stories in her book Partners and Crime, going behind the headlines and hype to reveal what it is really like to live with men who are outside the law, like the infamous Chopper Read, the organised crime boss Bob Trimbole and armed robber Fred Cako. Show notes for Episode 178: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Rochelle Jackson More about Rochelle Jackson here Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Kaz Schaffer is using TikTok to demand answers from the small group of people she believes know what happened to her little sister Kylee who’s been missing since 2004.  Show notes for Episode 177: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Kaz Schaffer Follow Kaz on TikTok Help Find Kylee-Ann Schaffer on Facebook Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify The article and facebook page mentioned in this episode: https://www.macleayargus.com.au/story/4856111/mothers-desperate-plea-for-daughter/ https://www.facebook.com/austmissingpersons/ If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content and reference to suicide. Listener discretion is advised. Lyn Cecil believes her son Adam was murdered. At what point would you “just accept” he’d died of suicide and stop fighting?  Show notes for Episode 176: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Lyn Cecil Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you or someone you know has been effected by suicide, or need support or advice for mental health, you can reach out to the following free services: Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 / https://www.beyondblue.org.au Lifeline: 13 11 14 / https://www.lifeline.org.au If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Paul Verhoeven’s second book about his father John’s time in NSW police is another fantastic, action-packed and funny read. This time it’s John’s time in the Forensics Unit under Paul’s microscope.  Electric Blue also covers some interesting father-son territory including a very difficult period in both their lives during which Paul was brutally bullied. You can hear more about that in a companion episode of The Nitty Gritty Committee also featuring Paul and John Verhoeven, here. Show notes for Episode 175: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Paul Verhoeven and John Verhoeven Listen to Loose Units Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you or someone you know is being bullied, contact The Bully Project: https://thebullyproject.com.au/get-help/ If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Warning: please be advised this episode contains accounts of sexual assault. Listener discretion is advised. Journalists Nina Funnel and Sherelle Moody discovered a very big problem with a new piece of legislation passed in Victoria in February 2020. They’ve been helping rape survivors lobby the Victorian Attorney-General Jill Hennessey for several months demanding a fix for the problem without meaningful engagement let alone success. On August 26, Nina published an opinion piece about the legislation on news.com.au which has caused major upheaval in the survivor community and terse acknowledgement from Government, (along with a healthy dose of gaslighting from certain sections of the media.) Nina Funnell joins us with the facts, as does a newly silenced survivor.  1800RESPECT if you or someone you know has been effected by sexual assault.  https://www.1800respect.org.au/ The #LetUsSpeak initiative and campaign. https://rasara.org/let-us-speak Show notes for Episode 174: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Nina Funnell and Anonymous Rape Survivor Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This episode is a repost of episode #159, originally published on May 21st 2020. Janelle O’Connor was the first person in the State of Tasmania to exercise her right to be named as a rape survivor, on the 24th of April 2020. Up until then it was illegal for rape survivors to self-identify. Janelle and NinaFunnel, the founder of the #LetHerSpeak campaign join us to explain the legal changes, and Janelle tells us her story.  WARNING – This is an extremely disturbing story, please exercise discretion.  Show notes for Episode 159: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Janelle O’Connor and Nina Funnell Support #LetHerSpeak Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you or someone you know has been the victim of a sexual assault call 1800Respect for help, advice and further referral. That’s 1800 737 732 Or contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Gary Jubelin didn’t always catch his killer, but he did always give 100% of himself to the job and to the victims.  Faye Leveson and her husband Mark joined us in episode 76 to talk about the 10 year search for their son Matthew’s remains. It was Gary Jubelin who finally helped them find him. Both Jubelin and Faye Leveson join us to talk about the bond between homicide detectives and families.  Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for Episode 173: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Gary Jubelin and Faye Leveson Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Bank robbers like Russell ‘Mad Dog’ Cox and Ray Denning were household names in Australia in the 1980s, when they brazenly escaped prison and taunted police for years. Author Mark Dapin joins us to talk about this period in Australian history. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for Episode 172: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Mark Dapin Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Patricia Simmons is a child protection worker. Her commitment to helping children find safety is rooted in her own dysfunctional childhood and in her relationship with her baby brother Robert. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for Episode 171: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Patricia Simmons Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you to Suzie Ratcliffe from Leave a Light on Inc for connecting us with Patricia Simmons. You can support Leave a Light On over at Facebook. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Simon Fenech’s ice addiction transformed him from an athlete, husband and father with a 5 bedroom house and a Harley to a former inmate lining up for food parcels at inner city churches. How did he lose so much and how has he found so much more? He joins us to explain. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for Episode 170: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Simon Fenech Follow Fruit2Work Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Liz Colenso discovered as an adult that she was adopted. Her search for her biological mother uncovered a tragic and frightening story.  Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for Episode 169: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Liz Colenso Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify For Confidential information, counselling and support service for family violence 1800 Respect on 1800 737 732  Lifeline 131 114 Men's Referral Service on 1300 766 491  The website of the Victorian Adoption Network for Information and Self Help (VANISH) has lots of information and links to other similar support organisations around Australia for people who have been adopted www. vanish.org.au Woman who killed ‘had hell on earth’ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=h-NjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VJIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6934%2C6183761 If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
There are people in Adelaide who know who murdered Emma Pawelski and why. Her mother and her sister are desperate for them to come forward and tell them.  Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for Episode 168: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Sharon McKell More about Emma's case here Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Canberra mum Tara Costigan was holding her newborn baby when her ex-partner murdered her in front of her other small children. Although he’d been verbally abusive, it was the first time he hit her.  Heidi Lemon has written a book with Tara’s family and she and Tara’s Aunt Maria join us to talk it. Source audio: 7.30 Report https://www.abc.net.au/7.30/family-speaks-of-tara-costigans-life-and-death/7642974 Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for Episode 167: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Heidi Lemon and Maria Costigan Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault, or domestic or family violence contact: 1800 Respect (1800 737 732) Lifeline (13 11 14) Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491) Relationships Australia (1300 364 277) WithRespect (1800 542 847 or visit www.withrespect.org.au) Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Old School Nitty Gritty Committee is back! Maggie Kerr is an astrologer of over 30 years’ experience. She says everything that’s happening right now is just down to patterns and it’s all linked to things that’ have happened before. Today, Maggie’s telling us what patterns are playing out right now and in our immediate future. Show notes for Episode 721: Your host is Meshel Laurie With thanks to guest Maggie Kerr https://www.universalastrology.com.au/ Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Podcast/The-Nitty-Gritty-Committee-with-Meshel-Laurie-782980195220726/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Keith Banks was a clean living country boy when he joined QLD Police in the 70s but it took him to some very dark places. He joins us to talk about it. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for Episode 166: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Keith Banks Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The murder of 14-month-old Jaidyn Leskie is officially unsolved. Journalist and author Michael Gleeson explains the prosecution’s theory as to how he died and the many distractions that prevented his killer seeing justice. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for Episode 165: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Michael Gleeson from The Age and Sydney Morning Herald Listen to Childers Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Journalist Paul Cochrane was learning the ropes in regional news when he found himself covering the biggest story of his life, an arson attack in a remote Queensland fruit-picking town that took the lives of 15 young backpackers. He and other witnesses, survivors and victims’ families are revisiting the tragedy 20 years on in a podcast, Childers The Full Story and he joins us to tell us about it.  Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for Episode 164: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Paul Cochrane Listen to Childers Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Lisa Harnum’s life and death changed the way we think, talk and report about domestic violence in Australia. Former Daily Telegraph Chief Court Reporter and author of The Fall, Amy Dale joins us to explain. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for Episode 163: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Amy Dale Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you or someone you know has been the victim of a sexual assault call 1800Respect for help, advice and further referral. That’s 1800 737 732 If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Stunning young model and dancer Revelle Balmain disappeared in November 1994, just days before realising her dream off moving to Japan to perform. When the police got involved, they discovered her secret life.  Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for Episode 162: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to John Dale and Clinton Barter Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our Bookshop Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Dayna Ling Ling Hutchieson

I'm just here to say I enjoying the podcast, and I'm falling a bit in love with Narelle Fraser.

Sep 17th
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m sch

Google the difference between psychotic disorders and personality disorders...

Sep 16th
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Gavin Gibson

the film is an amazing place of work... honestly just watch it is all I can say ☠🤑🇮🇪

Sep 12th
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Jilly Beans

why am I listening to this? John rambling about self indulgent stuff about nothing. cya

Sep 10th
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David Newman

Such a brave strong woman. I wish you nothing but happiness for your future.

Sep 8th
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Audrey Saiz

what an interesting episode. Loved it!

Sep 5th
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Sandy Verhaegh

What an amazing young woman. l wish her all the best things in life. God bless her. xx

Sep 3rd
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Holly Castles

I was listening to the podcast thinking I'm sure I've heard this one before! Now I've just seen that it is being shared again.

Aug 31st
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Cheryl

This episode really made me sad. Poor Robert. 😢

Aug 28th
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Liana Roccon

I could listen to his stories all day,,,what a fascinating man I just bought his book

Aug 11th
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Liana Roccon

Jim just discovered your podcasts and I am a survivor of domestic violence and I completely agree with Tara's sister perpetrator's of domestic violence need more help. some perpetrator's want help and want be better. I feel blessed each day that now I am free....also whilst I appreciate all the work that police do they desperately need training and more staff the help all

Aug 11th
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Sandy Verhaegh

l wish l could get help for my son. l can't help him. My husband and l did support him anyway we could till he got violent. We had to step away as l fear for my life from him. He has just come back to Melbourne and l would love him to be given a 2 chance. Thank you

Aug 4th
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Heidi Cahir

I'm interested to know the name of Liz's book if it is published yet?

Jul 29th
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Leon Cartland

? what a load of garbage, empires started in the 1500? lost alot of respect for this podcast

Jul 24th
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Kerrigan Swarm

This has all the accuracy and reliability of a neighbourhood gossip.... multiple personality disorder is no longer a recognised condition it is referred to DID dissociative identity disorder. Satanism is not an organised religion ( unless you consider the satanic church which is has more in common with agnosticism than it does devil worship) This woman is a disgrace.TrueCrime

Jul 21st
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1942

Sharon you're an amazing woman.

Jul 20th
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1942

So much love!! Living in #radaliad....loving it, have met amazing people. I looked at Emma's photo last week, before I listened to this. Before I heard this story. She is beautiful and nothing that happened detracts from that. Much love and respect for you.

Jul 20th
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Monnie Moores-💔

If I may ask, how does this relate to murder, robbery, etc.?

Jul 17th
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MrBlocky00

Why is it that good people really, quietly contemplate suicidal tendencies but the scum never do? Thanks for your service and thanks for not doing it..

Jul 8th
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Amanda Averay-Jones

great episode

Jul 6th
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